South Texas nuclear power plant granted license extension
A nuclear power plant that city-owned utility CPS Energy buys power from will now generate power into the mid-century.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the operating license extension request from the South Texas Nuclear Project Electric Generating Station Thursday after a six year review.
The original 40-year operating licenses for the power plant’s two nuclear reactors were set to expire in 2027 and 2028. The extension will allow the reactors to operate until 2047 and 2048.
The South Texas Project, as the power station is also known, provides 40 percent of its 2,700-megawatts to CPS. Houston-based NRG Energy owns a 44 percent stake in the facility while Austin Energy owns a 16 percent stake.